Have you ever wondered what are the best fishing lakes in Iowa? In this article, we will take a look at some of the more popular fishing lakes in Iowa. Here is our countdown to 5 great places to fish In Iowa
Clear Lake Iowa
Maximum Depth – 18.1 – 27.0 ft.
Mean Depth – 10.1ft
Area – 3,976.2 acres
Located in the northern portion of Iowa just off of highway 35 in Cerro Gordo County is Clear Lake Iowa. Unfortunately, Clear Lake is known worldwide not for fishing but rather what happened on February 3rd, 1959. It was the day the music died when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” were tragically killed in a plane crash.
In the ’80s and early ’90s, Clear Lake was a popular spot to catch bullheads and even more bullheads. That being said Clear Lake has changed a lot in the last 25 years or so. In an effort to clean up the lake, the yellow bass has now replaced the bullheads. However, in addition to Yellow bass, the lake is also stocked annually with Walleye making it one of the better Walleye lakes in Iowa. And if you like to fish for Muskie Clear Lake is one of the top lakes in the Midwest for Muskie fishing.
Clear Lake is a wonderful place to visit and vacation over the summer. There is plenty to do and one of the best places to be on the 4th of July.
Maximum Depth:44 Ft
Saylorville Reservoir is right by jester park so if you were at jester park you could just go there and fish. Some of the fish you can find there are Channel Catfish, White Bass, White Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and more. You can find all of them here Iowa DNR. Saylorville is such a nice lake you can take your boat out on the lake and bass fish, or just fish on the beach for some catfish or anything else you wanted to. I also think there might be some creeks right by it so you can find little hidden spots and fish there as well.
Maximum Depth: Unknown
Swan Lake is a nice small lake, unfortunately, there are no bass there so if you like bass fishing you are out of luck however if you wanna catch some crappie this might be your spot. Some fish you can find here are Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Walleye, Bigmouth Buffalo, and more. You can find all of them here Iowa DNR. Swan Lake may be small and if you are not having the best luck there you might just be able to fish to the west of it and there is Little Swan Lake, there are only 3 fish there and that is, Northern Pike, Black Bullhead, and yellow perch. so if you like fishing for pike there’s your spot.
Maximum Depth:10 ft
Rice Lake has a beach for you to fish off of if you want to and a boat ramp, this is one of my most favorite places since it has some fish that I commonly fish for, Like bass and walleye. There are only 4 types of fish in this lake Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Bluegill. For more information visit Iowa DNR. this is a great spot because There are not crazy amounts of fish varieties in this lake so you can really fish for you want to and not have too many problems this is why I love this lake.
Maximum Depth: 33.7 ft
Last but not least is Lake Wapello, this is great if you have a family and you wanna take them to a spot to have fun, there is a playground, a beach, pier, and there are bike trails. Some fish at this lake are Largemouth bass, Channel Catfish, Wiper, Redear Sunfish and more. Find out more at Iowa DNR. If you are done catching your fish and you want to take them home to eat them there is a cleaning station here as well, along with a boat rental area.
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By: Kolson O’Donnell